It’s that time of year when the flu vaccination will be touted by your local care provider, doctor, or even the local chemist! What are you going to do? Will you have another flu jab this year? Did it help last year? Did you have any effects from the vaccination? Did you actually catch the flu despite being vaccinated?
Did your health provider inform you of the risks and possible side effects?
Seniors more at risk?
It is probably the seniors that are contacted most frequently to come and have their flu jab. But how effective is the flu vaccine at protecting you against the flu. Are seniors protected enough to warrent them having this vaccine year in year out? Figures suggest that for those over 50 years, the vaccine is not as effective and the older you are the less effective it becomes.
Flu vaccine just 9% effectual
Well there is evidence that in fact the flu vaccine has been as little as 9% effective and what’s more some people actually suffer serious consequences after having the flu shot. Unfortunately, some people are succumbing to a rare condition known as ‘Guillain-Barré Syndrome following their influenza vaccination. If you do contract the flu after having the flu jab and many do, you’re likely to be more ill than if you had not had the jab at all!
The Cochrane Database Review
The Cochrane Database Review, the gold standard for the assessment of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of commonly used medical interventions, has concluded that flu vaccines do not appear to have any measurable benefit either for children, adults, or seniors.
In the ‘AUTHORS CONCLUSIONS’ of one review it states … “Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies. The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in light of this finding.”
And the FDA?
Even the former Chief Vaccine Officer at the FDA states: “there is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.”
What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?
This is a rare condition that occurs when the sufferer’s nerve cells are damaged by their own immune system. Sometimes it can be triggered by a reaction to the flu vaccine activating the immune system and damaging the nerves. Flu vaccinations have been consistently associated with the guillain-barré syndrome especially when the disorder occurs a few weeks after administration of the vaccine.
The problem with this syndrome is that there is no cure. Although some people do recover, it is a devastating disease which can paralyze the patient some of whom die. There are various classifications of the syndrome such as:
- AIDP (Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneurophathy)
- AMAN (Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy)
- AMSAN (Acute Motor Sensory Axonal Neuropathy)
- APN (Acute Panautonomic Neuropathy)
- BBE (Bickerstaff’s Brainstem Encephalitis)
- CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneurophathy)
- MFS (Miller Fisher Syndrome)
- PCB (Pharyngeal-Cervical-Brachial Variant)
The symptoms of GBS include:
- Rapid heart rate.
- Severe lower back pain.
- Problems with bladder or bowel function.
- Pins and needles in fingers, wrists, toes and ankles.
- Tingling and muscle weakness starting in the feet and spreading to legs, upper body and arms.
- Pain often worse at night.
- Problems walking, talking, moving eyes or face, chewing and/or swallowing.
- Difficulty breathing.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Although the risk appears to be low, it is serious enough to have a ‘Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’ (VICP) in force in the US. This was set up in the 1980s and is supposedly designed to help people injured by vaccine side effects. But the main reason for this program is to protect the vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits which may discourage the development of new vaccines. Total immunity was given to them by congress in 1986 and the law was upheld by the US supreme court in 2011. This gives Big Pharma carte blanche to produce vaccines of dubious efficacy with likely serious after effects, without them being sued when patients die or have a serious reaction from their vaccination.
Public Largely Unaware of the Vaccine Court: Most Cases Never Litigated
The most recent report was issued on June 3, 2016 which covered the period from 16th Feb 2016 to 15th May 2016 and had 206 cases adjudicated. 116 of them were listed in the report , specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement. 85 of the 116 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines put together.
Check out this blog posted by a nurse about the regular reactions he sees from vaccinations and the lies taught to students. Here is a snippet: “When I was done I came back and sat down with the student, and asked what he learned that night so far. The first response was: “What I was told about vaccines wasn’t true”.
You can’t sue!
Most US citizens are not aware that they cannot sue pharmaceutical companies for damages due to vaccinations. If you have a serious reaction after a vaccine in the US, an attorney has to be hired by the victim. Unfortunately, it can take years for a settlement to be reached and not all complaints are upheld. The longest settlement time so far is 11 years! Because of this, it is probable that many of the victims of vaccine damage, are not represented in the 3 monthly figures. It is so difficult to fight the government to win a settlement, many victims won’t even try. It’s bad enough suffering the after effects, without having to fight a court case at the same time.
The possibility of getting GBS is put at 1-2 in a million by governmental sources but is this just a figure plucked out of the air? Where is the evidence? How do we know how many GBS cases are as a result of the flu vaccine? How many people have contracted GBS and not made the connection to the flu vaccination they may have had? How many doctors will connect the two events? Nobody knows the time frame between having the flu shot and contracting GBS or any other side effect. If someone gets GBS 2 months, 6 months, one year or more after a flu shot, will anyone wonder if it’s connected?
What the CDC says
What we do know is that the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) states that “an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year” and “about two-thirds of people who develop GBS symptoms do so several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhoea or a respiratory illness“. How many of these people also had the flu jab before they got sick and then contracted GBS?
According to the CDC the definition of Guillain-Barré Syndrome is:
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have permanent nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing.
I notice that ‘diarrhea and respiratory illness’ as mentioned previously, was inferred as a symptom of the onset of GBS. As you can see, those people who have died of GBS (according to CDC) usually do so from breathing difficulties, which I consider to be a respiratory illness or perhaps this is just a coincidence?
What about the research?
I think the evidence for the flu vaccine causing GBS needs to be researched more thoroughly. In fact, the evidence supporting the efficacy of the flu shot is thin on the ground. Is it worth the risk of suffering after effects of the jab against the risk of dying from the flu? How many people per year actually die of the flu?
Research is not something the pharmaceutical companies will want to do, in case the results are not favourable for them and reduce their profits. Also the research needs to be done by impartial researchers that have no dealings with pharmaceuticals and are not associated in any way with governmental departments. This could be a difficult ask!
It’s up to you, not your medic
Until accurate figures can be relied upon, you as the consumer, need to look carefully at the amount of evidence there already is. You cannot deny that some people have had their lives ruined by this vaccine. You must make up your own mind but I really think if you are a fit and healthy individual, the risk of you dying from the flu is probably very small. The risk of dying from GBS is also probably very small. But if its a case of feeling like crap for a week or two or getting a serious auto immune disease, which could change the quality of your life forever, I know what I’d go for. We don’t really know exactly how many people contract GBS because of the flu vaccine. Neither does your doctor but he will be inclined to persuade you to have the jab, no matter what! Take control, it’s your life and your decision.
Why have a vaccine for flu anyway?
Dr Mark Geier who has an MD and Ph.D in genetics has worked at the NIH (National Institute of Health) for 10 years, was a Professor at John Hopkins University and has been interested in vaccine safety and efficacy for over 30 years. He notes that the number of deaths from flu is in the hundreds, not the thousands as often erroneously cited, making it a low-risk disease. Also any flu vaccines should be rated as experimental as their constant changing nature makes it impossible to meet the legal efficacy and safety requirements for vaccines.
The number of deaths don’t warrant spending billions
If you have approximately 600 deaths per year from flu and the vaccine is only 9% effective, that equates to lives saved of 54. This is not deducting the side effects that some will suffer from the flu vaccine. It is also not including those people who contract the flu after being vaccinated! Although this is devastating for those 54 and their families, it doesn’t warrant spending billions of dollars on 300 million vaccines for the whole population of the US. This money could be spent more efficiently elsewhere on a disease/s that take many more lives than the few we speak of here.
Take 2010 for instance.
The National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., stated flu deaths for 2010 amounted to just 500 and this figure could be too high. Going by analyses in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the British Medical Journal, just 15-20% of people who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus. The rest would have rhinovirus or other viruses indistinguishable from the flu without laboratory testing. In 2001, when death certificates listed 257 US citizens dying of flu, only 18 were positively identified as having true flu by laboratory testing. The rest, amounting to 239, were assumed to be flu but this was likely not to be the case.
I’ve had the flu…once
As a point of interest, I’ve had the flu; I was a slip of a girl in my teens and I can still remember how ill I felt for a week or so. I am now approaching my 70th year and I’ve never had it since. It may be I’m just lucky. But whatever the reason, it’s not because I’ve had a flu jab. I have never had one and I never will. I don’t trust Big Pharma to have my best interests at heart. I know their first concern are with their profits. The massive profits that come from vaccines are unbelievable. Big pharma have no worries, they can’t be sued if anything goes wrong. A win, win situation for them! Not so for some of the unfortunates who have had these vaccines administered to their detriment.
The £50/$50 note syndrome?
How do you know if you’ve got the flu? If there was a £50/$50 note in your garden and you could see it from your window, would you go and get it? If you had the flu, you wouldn’t even care!
Experiences with GBS
Robin Kelman “When I started nursing, I worked a Neuro floor in a 600 bed hospital and every Fall/Winter we would have several GBS patients in. Several of the initial onsets were post Flu vaccinations. One lady had suffered multiple occurrences of various levels of paralysis since 1980. More than enough reason for me to never take a Flu vac!”
Kimberly McMahon My 8 year old daughter got GBS after a flu shot. Never again will I subject my family to the flu shot! Not after seeing my daughter completely paralyzed!
So what about the UK?
Just look at this newspaper headline. How does it look to you? 28,800 death from the flu? No actually, 28,800 all cause mortality deaths. This means every cause of death including cancer, heart attack, diabetes etc., as well as respiratory deaths like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and all the rest. This type of headline is just scaremoungering, getting you in the mood for having your flu shot. Some statistics are massaged by lumping all respiratory type diseases together and calling them ILI (influenza like illnesses) and using the resultant figure as flu deaths. How many people do you know that have died of the flu? Don’t believe this hype. Don’t forget these flu shots are financially driven. See if you can find anywhere on the net which tells you the ACTUAL proven figures of people that have died in the UK, as a result of influenza, proven by laboratory testing. If you find it, please let me know.
Make up your own mind but be aware and do your research. Weigh up everything that could possibly affect your life if something goes wrong. Work out the risks for you and your family. Take all you learn into consideration and make an informed choice. Don’t believe Big Pharma’s promises and question everything!